However, it’s the festivals and cultural events of Jordan that will truly help you connect to the welcoming local community. Keen to share time-honoured traditions with captivated guests, you’ll experience all the magic of the Middle East through the people of Jordan and the country’s calendar of unmissable events.
From traditional arts and culture to local food and adventure sports, you’re bound to find something that ignites your inspiration in our Jordan festival guide.
After launching to resounding success in 2019, the Red Bull South Sound music festival is set to return this year to luxury resort Ayla. Featuring a stellar line-up of live international DJS at the top of their game, this two-day super-party takes place in the paradise setting of Ayla’s swanky B12 Beach Club. Revellers can dance up a storm on the immaculate white sand beach before cooling off at regular intervals in the refreshing lagoon waters.
Visit the charming coastal city of Aqaba to experience the annual arts festival, popular among tourists and locals alike. Celebrate the rich culture of the Bedouin people at this merry event with sumptuous local food, fascinating market stalls, and the opportunity to take part in workshops, centred around Bedouin traditions. Mingle with the Bedouin families of Wadi Rum as they demonstrate their age-old handicrafts, and you might find yourself inspired to visit the desert they call home. Whether you venture into the desert on board a traditional camel safari or choose a starlit overnight stay at a Bedouin camp, you won’t be disappointed.
Venture to the small Jordanian town of Azraq, gateway to the Eastern Desert, and celebrate the local culture with a festival of music, dancing, and mouth-watering local cuisine. The Azraq Festival was created to share the local customs as well as promote the quality art and crafts produced by the community, and though it might be one of the smaller festivals in Jordan, it’s lively atmosphere attracts crowds of visitors every single year. Combine the festivities with a visit to the regal Qasr Al Azraq castle — dating back to 1237, it’s a perfectly-preserved piece of prime Jordanian history.
A highlight of the Jordan cultural calendar, the Jerash Festival was born in 1981. Famous for its inspiring blend of Greco-Roman influences and the atmospheric ruins of an ancient Roman citadel, this historic city blossoms into a cultural hotspot every July as musicians, dancers, poets, and theatre groups flock from all over the world to perform. Soak up the sensational shows put on by local and international artists alike, and browse the beautiful handicrafts for that one-of-a-kind souvenir.
For those who love to run, the thrilling Petra Desert Marathon is a unique and unmissable experience. With a challenging route that winds its way through the ancient tombs and magnificent facades of the Lost City, participants will tour a slice of UNESCO World Heritage history before heading out into the expanse of the Jordanian desert. Whether you’re keen to run with the crowd or cheer at the top of your lungs from the sidelines, it’s an exciting occasion to add to your Jordan itinerary. Looking for more adventure activities in Jordan? Feed your inner adrenaline junkie with canyoning, diving, and much, much more!
With so much on offer to make your Jordan 2020 holiday a dream, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to festivals, activities, and entertainment. Keep a keen eye on the Ayla blog and the B12 Beach Club Facebook page for the latest updates and events.